In a statement sent to Lusa agency, the GNR Territorial Command of Setúbal states that the violations were detected in the scope of the "Verão Seguro 2021" operation.

GNR from the Environmental Protection Centre of Santiago do Cacém (Setúbal) “monitored 15 people”, who were identified and targeted for administrative offenses “for the practice of infractions related to illegal or irregular camping and caravanning in a protected area”.

The inspection, which was reinforced by the Criminal Prevention Section of Community Policing and the Territorial Post of Sines, was carried out with the aim of finding instances of illegal camping and caravanning in the PNSACV.

Illegal or irregular camping and caravanning in a protected area "can lead to excessive and disorderly occupation of public spaces, coastal areas and areas classified by motorhomes and the like, with negative consequences on the landscape, the environment, land use planning and public health”, said the GNR.

Fines can reach up to €4,000 for offenders.

The GNR added that they “will continue to sensitise motorhomers and campers” to the adoption of “more responsible and environmentally friendly behaviour”, particularly in protected areas.